We love to support at BoldLatina and this Latinx Heritage Month specifically September 23rd or 🌈 Bisexuality Day, we filled our Pride-o-meter with 6 Bisexual Latinx Artists with booming careers both in the music industry and in showbiz.
Not just on this special date but 365 days out of the year, we plead for respect and acceptance of the LGBTQIA+ Community everywhere. In this article, we’ll tell you how it became a pride holiday and we’ll pay homage to six Latinx artists who leave heteronormative standards at the door.
The Origin of Bisexuality Day
Bisexuality Day became a conversation in 1999 thanks to Wendy Curry, Michael Page, and Gigi Raven Wilbur, members of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (also known as ILGA). During a conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, queer activists gathered to share their struggles as bisexual people and to come up with ways of shedding light on this matter.
At the time, Wilbur believed the bisexual community wasn’t getting the attention it deserved, for it was overshadowed by the gay and lesbian movements. With this in mind, the three activists went on to proclaim a day just for bisexuals. They instantly thought of Freddy Mercury, a bisexual icon for the LGBTQIA+ community who was often mistakenly thought to be gay.
“We all loved the great bisexual, Freddie Mercury. His birthday was in September, so why not September? We wanted a weekend day to ensure the most people would do something. Gigi’s birthday was Sept 23rd. It fell on a weekend day, so, poof! We had a day,” Wendy Curry stated.
6 Bisexual Latinx Artists We Love
Honoring Freddie Mercury’s talented career, here are six bisexual artists from the Latinx culture that make us proud:
Anitta is a ‘funk carioca’ singer from Brazil, known for her energy and versatility during her performances. Recognized for her charisma and empowerment, Anitta has become an LGBTQIA+ superstar, advocating for diversity and acceptance in music and beyond. Her name was recently on everyone’s lips after she broke the Guinness World Record in 2022. She became the first solo Latin artist to reach #1 on Spotify with her hit song “Envolver”.
The Brazilian singer was a victim of bi-erasure herself, given her dating history.
“I’ve never dated a woman. I’ve had relationships with girls, but it was very casual. So people will sometimes say, ‘Oh so you’re not really bisexual – you only date guys.’ I don’t think that it means that I’m not,” she told the Gay Times.
Because of this tendency, she wished people wouldn’t judge others so easily and tried to respect each other’s process when it comes to sexuality.
2. Stephanie Beatriz
Stephanie Beatriz is an Argentine-born actress. Daughter of a Colombian Father and a Bolivian mother, she lived briefly in the Argentine province of Neuquén until she was two years old and then moved to the US. Stephanie is best known for her role as Detective Rosa Diaz on Fox sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine, but is also recognized for her role as the voice of Mirabel Madrigal on Encanto. She took part on other musical projects, such as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights.
The Latina actress struggled with her bisexuality. Being married to a cis man raised prying questions about whether she was as queer as she said she was. In her own words: “Bisexuality often needs an explanation. It isn’t something you can often “read” on a person, and because of that bi people sometimes feel like an invisible part of the LGBTQIA community. People’s sexuality is often defined by who we’re partnered with at any given moment, which can be a frustrating limitation for me.”
Thanks to her role in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Stephanie now has a platform to make her community more bi-sible.
3. Villano Antillano
Villano Antillano is a non-binary bisexual musician from Puerto Rico, who uses the pronouns she/her and they/them. She has gained attention thanks to being part of one of Argentinian producer Bizarrap’s most successful music sessions. Her strong and empowering lyrics explore queer and identity issues while dropping an incredibly hot beat. Her messages of inclusion and representation contribute to the visibility of the LGBTQIA+ community in the music scene.
Within the world of reggaeton, a male-dominated genre, Villano Antillano sings about her experience living both genders in her music video “Pájara”. In Puerto Rico, Pájara is a derogatory term, but the rapper reclaims it and transforms it with her fast-paced lyrics. That’s one of Villano’s strengths as an artist.
4. Michelle Rodriguez
Michelle Rodriguez is an American actress, daughter of a Puerto Rican father and a Dominican mother. When she was eight years old, she moved from the U.S. to the Dominican Republic, and then spent her teenage years in Puerto Rico. When she finally relocated to New Jersey, she began her acting career in “tomboy-ish” roles that portrayed strong, independent women. Some Hollywood blockbusters she was a part of are Resident Evil, Avatar, Machete, and The Fast and the Furious saga.
When she talks about her sexuality, she does so with a smile on her face, trying to address the matter lightly: “I've gone both ways. I do as I please. I am too curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks”. Her relaxed attitude about her bisexuality teaches us that sexuality should be free of stigma.
5. Sara Ramírez
Sara Ramírez is a non-binary Mexican-American film star and singer. Born in the beaches of Mazatlán, Sinaloa, they moved to the U.S. at the age of eight. After graduating from Juilliard School and making her debut in Broadway, they became known for their role as surgeon Calliope “Callie” Torres in the series Grey's Anatomy.
Sara Ramirez first came out as bisexual and then talked about being a non-binary person in August 2020. They first did it through their character of Callie in 2009, giving the bisexual community more representation on the small screen. Seven years later, they shared their own sexuality after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. Regarding Sara’s non-binary identity, it was through their Instagram account that they said: "In me is the capacity to be / Girlish boy / Boyish girl / Boyish boy / Girlish girl / All / Neither”.
6. María Becerra
María Becerra is an Argentinian singer who has gained popularity for her fresh approach to trap and reggaeton. As a bisexual figure in the music scene, also known as La nena de Argentina, María uses her platform to advocate for acceptance and equality, resonating especially with young fans who identify with her authenticity.
Regarding her bisexuality, María has claimed that people often think it's “a game” and don’t give it the recognition it deserves.
“They think you are undecided and do not know which way to go or they think you are a degenerate, that you do not settle for anything and that you do both. The truth is that bisexuality is very prejudiced,” as she clearly stated in an interview with GQ.
Through her songs, the Latin American artist has expressed her attraction for both men and women. By the way, did you know that one of María’s songs was included in the soundtrack of the Fast X movie? Her single “Tu cura” will make your hearts race w!
These six Latinx artists teach us that bisexuality is a beautiful way of living life, and that no one should be ashamed to be who they truly are. If you know another bisexual artist who’s trying to get themselves known, share their profiles on social media to help them thrive! ❤️💜💙